Rockstar Officially Announces Grand Theft Auto VI… In a Blog Post


– Pictured above: Fan edit of what the next Grand Theft Auto could be like.

Jake Ervin '22, Cub News Editor

After GTA V was released on three generations of consoles and sold 155 million copies as of November 2021, it should come as no surprise that a new installment in the ultra-popular video game series is underway. Yes, that’s right, Grand Theft Auto VI is coming, and how did we find out this exciting information? As an end ‘stinger’ to a Rockstar blog post. 

The post is titled “Grand Theft Auto Community Update”, which mainly focuses on the current state of GTA Online, as well as the PS5 and Xbox Series console upgrades of Grand Theft Auto V. However, that’s not all, as the last paragraph of this post states:

“With the unprecedented longevity of GTA V, we know many of you have been asking us about a new entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. With every new project we embark on, our goal is always to significantly move beyond what we have previously delivered — and we are pleased to confirm that active development for the next entry in the Grand Theft Auto series is well underway. We look forward to sharing more as soon as we are ready, so please stay tuned to the Rockstar Newswire for official details.”

Why was such a big game announced in such a quiet, understated way, one might ask? Well, it’s likely because this game is far off, potentially very far off. After this blog post came out, Bloomberg’s Jason Schrier jokingly tweeted “Wouldn’t be shocked to see Grand Theft Auto VI announced later this year with a fake release date of ‘fall 2023’ that then slips to 2024.” Even that may be generous. Grand Theft Auto V was a huge game and considering Rockstar’s perfectionist tendencies in game development, it wouldn’t be surprising if this game doesn’t hit consoles till late 2024 or 2025. This coupled with the fact that Rockstar was rumored to be working on a sequel to the 2006 game Bully, which was eventually canceled, the new installment seems like it’s quite far out.